Root Canals in Broomfield CO
Root canals can save teeth that would otherwise be lost. While a root canal is never fun, we are able to take steps to make it more comfortable. If you need a root canal, call us today to find out what Fleischmann Family Dentistry can do for you.
Sometimes teeth become severely infected or decayed. In this case, a root canal may be the only treatment that can save the tooth. While root canals don’t exactly have a glowing reputation among dental patients, they are an extremely helpful treatment to help you preserve your natural teeth when the only other step would be an extraction and an implant.
We understand that the prospect of a root canal can cause our patients some anxiety. Talk to us about your fears, and we will create a treatment plan to ease your stress and discomfort. Sometimes understanding the process and knowing what to expect can help reduce your worry. We can also refer you to an excellent surgeon when appropriate.
Although “root canal” is often used to refer to the treatment itself, the root canal is actually the name that is given to the soft cavity inside your tooth that houses the pulp chamber and the nerve of your tooth. When the root canal becomes infected, it is quite painful. Despite the bad reputation of root canal therapy, you will actually find yourself grateful for the relief that it provides.
Do I Need a Root Canal?
Some of the most common symptoms that might indicate that a root canal is necessary include:
- Severe pain in your tooth that is often associated with chewing
- Darkening or other discoloration of your tooth
- Swelling and painful tenderness in your gums
- A “pimple” on the gums that won’t go away
- Extreme sensitivity to heat and cold
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, call our office right away for an appointment. Without treatment, the infection that is in your tooth and the surrounding gums could spread. Abscesses will form, you are likely to lose the tooth, and you could even develop a system-wide infection. This is especially dangerous if your health is compromised due to a serious condition like diabetes or heart disease.
What Does a Root Canal Entail?
During a root canal, the pulp chamber of your tooth is removed along with the nerve that is inside. Not only does this kill the pain of the tooth, it also eliminates the infection that is causing the problem.
We will begin your treatment by taking x-rays to determine the exact location and the severity of the infection. We also need to find out if the infection has spread to the bone. If this is the case, it may be necessary to refer you to a specialist.
Once we’ve identified the infection, we will inject local anesthesia to make the process more comfortable. We have other sedation options available as well. Talk to us ahead of time about any concerns you might have.
We then drill a hole into your tooth to access the root canal portion of your tooth. The pulp, along with assorted debris, is removed, and we will then use special tools to completely clean out the inside of your tooth.
Once your tooth is cleaned out, we will put medication inside the tooth to kill any bacteria that might remain and prevent the infection from recurring. The hole inside your tooth will be filled with a special root canal material, and a filling will be placed into the original access hole.
Following your root canal, you are likely to need a crown. If this is the case, we will take impressions for our dental labs, and you can return to our office when your crown is ready to be placed. We may place a temporary crown to protect your tooth until your permanent crown is ready.
Please call Fleischmann Family Dentistry with any questions you have about the root canal therapy process or to schedule your appointment.